August 30th, 2009
02:43 PM ET
5 years ago

Cheney: Investigating CIA interrogations a political move

In an interview broadcast Sunday, former Vice President Cheney said he thought President Obama is 'trying to duck responsibility' when it comes to a recently announced probe of the CIA.
In an interview broadcast Sunday, former Vice President Cheney said he thought President Obama is 'trying to duck responsibility' when it comes to a recently announced probe of the CIA.

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the Justice Department's decision to review waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques is politically motivated.

Cheney said he opposes the decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to ask a former prosecutor to review CIA interrogations of high-profile terrorism suspects.

Cheney made clear he believes President Obama directed Holder to launch the review because the president is feeling pressure from left-wing Democrats. Cheney said the review will undermine the willingness of CIA personnel to conduct necessary operations.

"I think it's a terrible decision," Cheney said on "Fox News Sunday." "It's clearly a political move. There's no other rationale for why they're doing this."

He criticized Obama for allowing a review considering the president previously said that CIA operatives involved in the interrogations would not be prosecuted. "I think he's trying to duck responsibility for what's going on here, and I think it's wrong," Cheney said.

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  1. steve

    My sort of overwhelming view is that Cheney & Bush violated the constitution and used the "terror threat" to allow them to sidestep the constitution in most issues and as a tool to frighten the american people.....and he is still trying to use it that way.

    August 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Palin 2012 - 2014 1/2

    Any time you investigate a politician, it could be understood as being politically motivated....but the main point is if laws were broken....If either party(but it is usually the Republicans) break the law, they should be held accountable!
    Isn't it funny that there are a lot more Republicans in jail or under investigation than Democrats.....The Repubs like to call liberals "Dems" or "libs", well it is now time to call conservatives "cons" for more than one reason!!

    August 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. John Kovacs

    Mr. Cheney is sweating, obviously. The reason why he is so against this is that it will trickle up to him and George Bush. The truth will come out that he had ordered illegal actions. Time to pay, Mr. Cheney.

    August 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Mark

    Torture, or "Enhanced interrogation", is not a reliable interrogation technique and that is a proven fact. Though it does make you just as despicable as the terrorists. Cheney's claim that [through the use of torture] "there have been no further terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001" is as lame as they come. An absence of any attack proves nothing. I can just as easily claim my after-shave works as an elephant repellent because I haven't been trampled by an elephant.

    August 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Emma

    What a sorry "statesman" he has been. He seems to lack a social and moral conscience as in Antisocial Personality Disorder. I hope extreme corruption is not an essential part of good government.

    August 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Ramesh

    I think the evidence is overwhelming that the enhanced interrogation techniques persuaded them to cooperate," Cheney said, noting there have been no further terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001. "

    What kind of measure is this, how many terrorist attacks were there in previous presidencies before 2011 ? How many will there be in next 10 Yrs...Cheney is a rogue and clear gambler...he may, may not be able to use the same measure in 10 yrs... he is clearly trying to duck..and deceive those gulliable people with this measure. If the measure is so effective after interoggating so many folks from Pakistan/ Afghanistan...why is Osama still at large....this should be the measure if US is safe or not...

    August 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. James

    Cheney is the one that should be investigated and sent prison for war crime. I always thought that it was he and Rove that were running things instead of Bush, but Bush had some doings in the matters to. I think Cheney has a screw loose and lives in fantasy land.

    August 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. shooter

    Put Chenney behind bars for all of his criminal activities.

    August 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. FedUp2

    Expose his Halliburton conflicts of interest and burn him at the stake!

    August 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Ramesh

    I think the evidence is overwhelming that the enhanced interrogation techniques persuaded them to cooperate," Cheney said, noting there have been no further terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001. "

    What kind of measure is this, how many terrorist attacks were there in previous presidencies before 9/11 ? How many will there be in next 10 Yrs...Cheney is a rogue and clear gambler...he may, may not be able to use the same measure in 10 yrs... he is clearly trying to duck..and deceive those gulliable people with this measure. If the measure is so effective after interoggating so many folks from Pakistan/ Afghanistan...why is Osama still at large....this should be the measure if US is safe or not...

    August 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. JonDie

    Cheney is right! We should be investigating, indicting, trying and imprisoning CHENEY for the crimes he committed.

    August 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. ed hunt

    When will Mr. Cheney and all others simply admit that everything that happens in Washington , D.C. is political, and stop using this ridiculous comment as a defense?

    August 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Mark

    "I think it's a terrible decision," Cheney said, later adding: "It's clearly a political move. There's no other rationale for why they're doing this."
    ---------–
    Well . . . I think Cheney is an expert on "terrible decisions" and an expert on "clearly political moves" and an expert on having "no rationale for doing a thing." He's also an expert on "ducking responsibility."

    So in this sense maybe we should listen to him?????

    August 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Candy Wilson

    Is this anything like Watergate? But Please leave the agents alone who were only doing what they were told.. If he wants to go on and on about how ths kept us safe what about the fact that is coming out that 911 could have been stopped; that Happened on his watch !

    August 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. mrfoo

    If I was being tortured I would probably tell them whatever they wanted to hear just to get them to stop torturing me. I would spew out any lie that would make them stop almost drowning me or drilling into some part of my body. Does this make my statements credible? Also interesting that he doesn't know of any specific cases where waterboarding was used but at the same time he knows for a fact that a drill or gun were not used. Hmmmm.....

    August 30, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Dan, WA

    Dick, you are great. You have tremendous amount of experience which these democrats including Barack Obama will not have during their lifetime. No congressman or senator can speak up when CIA staff is being interroigated for nothing. Government has lots of money to spend and our children and grandchildren will pay for these costs. I hope American people will wake up and throw these people from their office. It is high time.

    August 30, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Cheney deserves every step uncovered and put in the slammer .
    If it were someone else they would not be rehearsing the decision to do or not to do othey would have been behind the barred gate moons ago.
    Give Cheney some of his own medecine.
    Would we love to see this "the biggest crook that ever lived " taken in and waterboarded ?YES

    August 30, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Gerald

    Pure grand standing for sure, Big deal we water boarded some folks that want to kill us for information. Think about this all you democrats, If all the gitmo prisoners were dead no one would care. If Americans were paying attention to what Obama was doing insted of bashing Bush and Palin there would be a revolution in this country. Wake up America before its to late.

    August 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. KJ

    And Cheney never did anything for political purposes? For 8 years, this guy didn't talk to the American people and know he is expecting everyone to believe him!

    August 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Ann

    Mr. Cheney – You Protest Too Much – so I must assume you have something to hide – to be guilty about.
    P.S. Much of the newly released information was at your request, to prove your side of the story – instead it proves how deeply you had your fingers in things where they did not belong.
    You have no one to blame for this investigation except yourself – if you had behaved according to established, approved practices there would be no need for an investigation.

    August 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. howie

    We in the US have never been so politicallly divide since the war between the states. We have so many problems facing us and all we do is fight among ourselves. It time to move on America. Wake up, we are destroying ourselves. Cheney needs to shut up as well as the far left and let all move on. Just review the comments in this articale, are we one nation, I think not.

    August 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. G'Jim

    I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! [Barry Goldwater].

    I would remind you that extremism in the destruction of liberty is my advice! [Dick Cheney]

    August 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Itsayes

    Cheney deserves every step uncovered and put in the slammer .
    If it were someone else they would not be rehearsing the decision to do or not to do othey would have been behind the barred gate moons ago.
    Give Cheney some of his own medecine.
    Would we love to see this "the biggest crook that ever lived " taken in and waterboarded ?YES

    August 30, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. SEA

    Obama's inexperience is shining through, terrorist will quickly see this ridiculous move; does he not know that historically they are watching for this. 911 just after Clinton leaves and Bush arrives, we get hit 9 months into his presidency, now Obama weakens our resolve and is playing political games while the economy swirls in the bowl, WHAT ARE YOU DOING AND WHAT ARE YOU THINKING.

    SEA

    August 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. Evelyn

    Dick is a liar.

    August 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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